Keene State College is ready to deploy a new student ID card, called the Owl Card, to students after roughly a year of planning. New technologies incorporated with the badge will enable students to use their personal ID cards for a wider range of purposes, according to a report by KSC's student newspaper, The Equinox.
The deployment of the ID card is also introducing new policies, as students, staff and faculty members are no longer allowed to punch in their identification number if they have forgotten or lost their badge, the newspaper said. The main reason this new policy is in place is to encourage individuals to carry their ID cards with them at all times.
"You wouldn't think of getting in your car without your driver's license, so why would you go on campus without your ID?" said Gordi Davis, the cashier at the Zorn Dining Commons.
Davis said he is required to check that all card users are who they say they are, but it grows increasingly difficult when names and faces are worn off from excessive swiping, The Equinox reported. The new Owl Card will have double lamination to make it more durable.
"The intent is that it will last longer," said Rebecca Briggs, a registered dietitian in the dining commons, according to the student newspaper.
Requirements outside the cafeteria
The Spaulding Gymnasium is implementing a similar policy, as it will require individuals to leave the premises if they do not have their ID card, The Equinox reported. As a result, employees will be able to prevent non-students, faculty and staff members from using the facility's equipment.
"If the card is so beat up and worn off, we will tell them to go get a new one," director of recreational sports Lynne Andrews said, according to The Equinox.
Other colleges are also deploying new student ID cards. UMass, for example, recently unveiled it's new badge that can be used for a number of purposes. This multi-function card is intended to make student and faculty life easier, according to a report by The Massachusetts Daily Collegian.
As smart cards, near-field communications and other identification technologies evolve, more educational facilities will likely upgrade existing ID cards to make life more convenient for users.